Project Tango goes out of this world

Project Tango may not have been conceived in a galaxy far, far away, but on July 11 with the aid of NASA, Google's 3D sensing phone will be sent into space. The 3D sensing phones will be the brains that control and power NASA's Synchronized Position Hold, Enage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, robots aboard the International Space Station.

Image credit: Reuters

Thanks to Project Tango's sensing capabilities with a motion-tracking camera as well as an IR sensor, NASA's SPHERES robots will be able to create a 3D map and navigate around space with precision accuracy. SPHERES will be able to perform tasks on their own in situations where it would be too dangerous for astronauts to conduct these activities or maneuvers.

Google is also partnering with LG in creating a Project Tango tablet and it hopes that consumers will be able to purchase Project Tango as early as next year.

Source: NASA via Reuters; image credit: Reuters